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Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic – Outreach Innovation Awards.  
From March 2020, The Royal Society used its convening power to support efforts to model the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and help guide the UK’s response. In particular, it set up the Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP) initiative, which was designed to provide support from the UK mathematical modelling community for existing research groups- with the goal to enhance modelling capacity to support rapid assessment of strategies of immediate policy relevance.
From January 2021, the RAMP Continuity Network (a UKRI funded project) has been delivering a series of meetings, workshops and virtual study groups. The aim of this has been to ensure scientific networking to help maintain strong communication links among RAMP-initiated projects, and further develop links between these and the wider modelling community around COVID-19.
As part of this activity, awards of up to £5,000 have been made available for Early Career Researchers based in the UK in the field of infectious disease modelling to undertake projects with a significant outreach component. The projects had to include communication of infectious disease modelling concepts to the general public and/or the wider scientific community. Applicants were invited to be creative and all applications involving any type of outreach activity were considered.
Applications were invited that looked to:

  • Develop and run training events for undergraduate students to deliver outreach talks or workshops in schools
  • Create and publicise online public lectures
  • Develop podcasts or websites
  • Construct activities for science exhibitions
  • Create citizen science projects
  • Make online science outreach videos.

An application process led by Dr Robin Thompson, Professor Chris Budd and Professor Mike Cates took place in March 2022 and we are delighted to announce that 8 projects are now being taken forward.
Updates will be available as the projects are completed when the Grant closes in July 2022.
Successful applicants were:

Dr Kaustubh Adhikari Open University
Dr Rebecca Baggaley University of Leicester
Dr Ruth Bowness University of Bath
Dr Emma Davis University of Oxford
Dr Joshua Finneran University of Cambridge
Professor David Gavaghan & Dr Ben Lambert University of Oxford & University of Exeter
Dr Edward Hill & Dr Laura Guzmán Rincón University of Warwick
Dr Qingyao Qiao University of Manchester

If you would like to know more as the projects progress, please contact Clare Merritt.